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Cancer Meaning & Definition
Cancer Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Cancer?

[n] type genus of the family Cancridae
[n] the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
[n] a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini
[n] (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
[n] any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream

Synonyms | Synonyms for Cancer: Cancer the Crab | Crab | Crab | genus Cancer | malignant neoplastic disease

Related Terms | Find terms related to Cancer: benign tumor | blast | blight | callosity | callus | canker | carcinoma | corn | cyst | dry rot | excrescence | fungosity | fungus | growth | intumescence | malignant growth | metastatic tumor | mildew | mold | mole | morbid growth | moth | moth and rust | must | neoplasm | nevus | nonmalignant tumor | outgrowth | pest | proud flesh | rot | rust | sarcoma | smut | tumor | verruca | wart | wen | worm

See Also | arthropod genus | Cancer borealis | Cancer irroratus | Cancer magister | cancer of the blood | Cancridae | carcinoma | constellation | Dungeness crab | family Cancridae | house | human | individual | Jonah crab | leucaemia | leukaemia | leukemia | lymphoma | malignant neoplasm | malignant tumor | mansion | metastatic tumor | mortal | person | planetary house | rock crab | sarcoma | sign | sign of the zodiac | somebody | someone | soul | star sign | zodiac

Cancer In Webster's Dictionary

\Can"cer\, n. [L. cancer, cancri, crab, ulcer, a sign of the zodiac; akin to Gr. karki`nos, Skr. karka[.t]a crab, and prob. Skr. karkara hard, the crab being named from its hard shell. Cf. {Canner}, {Chancre}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of decapod Crustacea, including some of the most common shore crabs of Europe and North America, as the rock crab, Jonah crab, etc. See {Crab}. 2. (Astron.) (a) The fourth of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The first point is the northern limit of the sun's course in summer; hence, the sign of the summer solstice. See {Tropic}. (b) A northern constellation between Gemini and Leo. 3. (Med.) Formerly, any malignant growth, esp. one attended with great pain and ulceration, with cachexia and progressive emaciation. It was so called, perhaps, from the great veins which surround it, compared by the ancients to the claws of a crab. The term is now restricted to such a growth made up of aggregations of epithelial cells, either without support or embedded in the meshes of a trabecular framework. Note: Four kinds of cancers are recognized: (1) {Epithelial cancer, or Epithelioma}, in which there is no trabecular framework. See {Epithelioma}. (2) {Scirrhous cancer, or Hard cancer}, in which the framework predominates, and the tumor is of hard consistence and slow growth. (3) {Encephaloid, Medullary, or Soft cancer}, in which the cellular element predominates, and the tumor is soft, grows rapidy, and often ulcerates. (4) {Colloid cancer}, in which the cancerous structure becomes gelatinous. The last three varieties are also called {carcinoma}. {Cancer cells}, cells once believed to be peculiar to cancers, but now know to be epithelial cells differing in no respect from those found elsewhere in the body, and distinguished only by peculiarity of location and grouping. {Cancer root} (Bot.), the name of several low plants, mostly parasitic on roots, as the beech drops, the squawroot, etc. {Tropic of Cancer}. See {Tropic}.

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